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DOCUMENTARY FILMS

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UKRAINE, 2014, 62 MIN
The Cacophony of Donbas
Director Igor Minaiev
A contemplative film whose idea is to explore the creation of the myth about the Donbas by using archive footage from documentary and feature films. The film's plot develops along two planes. The first is life through the eyes of Soviet propaganda and the Donbas as a showcase of ideology. The second is real life, hidden from unwelcome eyes. The film uses archive footage and recordings of interviews with former Donbas residents who witnessed Ru ian aggression and became its victims. Life promised to become a symphony of work, joy and welfare, but turned out to be a delusion and a manipulation. Now there are no illusions left. The symphony of the Donbas has turned into a cacophony of the Donbas.
Igor Minaiev
Film and theater director and a screenwriter. He studied in the Cinema Department of the Karpenko-Kary Institute of Theater and Cinema in Kyiv between 1972 and 1977, and earned a degree in Film Directing. Selected filmography: A Cold March (1988), The First Floor (1990), The Underground Temple of Communism (1991), Far Away From Sunset Boulevard (2006), The Blue Dress (2015).

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Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, 2016, 60 min

Dixie Land
Director Roman Bondarchuk
Waves of the Black Sea are crashing against the pier, sun is shining and the sky is blue. "Dixieland" children's orchestra is playing a march. Their master is listening. Seems that the happiness will last forever. But growing up is inevitable. Suddenly it turns out that the teacher is mortal, and your friend has their own plans for life. Medals and orchestral instruments are glittering in the sun, but every child has their personal destiny - with music or without it.
Roman Bondarchuk
Graduated from the Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Film, and Television University. His teacher was Yuriy Illenko, one of the founders of the school of Ukrainian Poetic Cinema. Roman has created a number of short films, documentaries, and music videos. He has written several pieces of fiction, and has participated in photography and contemporary art exhibitions. As a documentary director, he has collaborated with MDR, ZDF, Arte, and other TV channels. In 2015 he finished his first feature-length documentary, Ukrainian Sheriffs.

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Ukraine, 2016, 63 min
The Leading Role
Director Serhiy Bukovsky
The film is about the director's mother, the movie actress Nina Antonova. Now she is 80. She has had hundreds of roles – big and small. It is a personal story about an honest and sad life, about self-sacrifice and freedom. Real fame as an actress came to her only once in her life. It was the leading role in the first Soviet colour TV series Varka's Land. That was 45 years ago…
Serhiy Bukovsky
Was born in 1960. Studied directing in the film Department at the Karpenko-Karyi State University of Theatrical Arts in Kyiv. Аfter serving in the army, he worked at the Ukrainian documentary film studio for more than a decade. During his 35-year film career, Bukovsky has made around 40 films. Now Sergey Bukovsky is an independent film director, and a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. In 2014 he created the Sergey Bukovsky film programme for young filmmakers.

4
Ukraine, 2018, 64 min
No Obvious Signs
Director Alina Gorlova
What is left backstage from the heroic videos of our warriors in Ukraine? What do they have to face, one on one, in peacetime, and where does the war stop? This is the story of a woman who returns from war. Talking to psychologists, battling her PTSD and panic attacks, she tries hard to get back to normal life. The documentary shows her path from the beginning of her rehabilitation until she goes back to work.
Alina Gorlova
Director and film editor. Born and lives in Ukraine. She graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Film and TV. She directs documentaries but also experienced in making fiction shorts, social and commercial ads. In 2016 Alina present her first feature-length documentary Kholodny Yar. Intro. Short version (60 minutes) of the film was presented at the Odesa IFF (Ukraine) and Artdocfest (Moscow, Russia).

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Ukraine, 2017, 95 min
Enticing, Sugary, Boundless or Songs and Dances About Death
Directors: Tania Khodakivska, Oleksandr Stekolenko

Main Prize at Docudays UA
The film makes the connections between the ineffability of death and the mundanity of life. An old man is whistling and driving his car. ENTICING. A mother is worried about her children, wolves might eat them in the forest on the way to school. SUGARY. Two nearby villages are brutally fighting for the possession of a leather ball. The winners will bring the ball to the cemetery. BOUNDLESS. A journey that starts as an external observation of how people relate death turns into a personal experience. The director of photography of this very film dies before the end of shooting. OR. Italy. Georgia. Ukraine. USA. 16mm, 35mm, digital filming creates a mosaic structure from which spectators can draw their own conclusions and ask their own questions. SONGS AND DANCES ABOUT DEATH.
Tania Khodakivska
An award-winning filmmaker working with different audiences and media. She has been working in cinema and TV since 2003. Tania Khodakivska is currently living and working in New York City, USA.
Oleksandr Stekolenko
Ukrainian filmmaker, who directs feature films, advertisements, fashion clips and music videos. He worked as a director on national TV, mainly on channels like Novyi Kanal, STB and 1+1. He became famous as a director of music videos. In 1997 he began to film advertisements for Ukrainian and international brands, and has now directed more than 500 commercials. He is currently living and working in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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Ukraine, Germany, 2017, 81 min
Delta
Directors: Oleksandr Techynskyi

Special Mention at DOKLeipzig
The white winter blizzard covers everything. Now we can only rely on the saints, on our prayers. The future has sailed away, with us left behind. Lost, we did not board the magic ship. The task at hand is simple - not to perish in the fog, not to die from the cold, not to get trapped under the ice. Not to fall in our own traps. Or are we all in one big trap anyway? Running around in a small circle, counting those who vanished.
Oleksandr Techynskyi
Was born in 1979 in Dnipro, Ukraine. He spent his childhood in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic in the north-east of the Russian Federation. In 1999 he graduated from Dnipropetrovsk Medical College, then worked as a medical assistant in a psychiatric emergency team. In 2001 he left medicine and started to work as a freelance photographer. He has worked as a photo reporter for more than 15 years, cooperating with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Vogue, Playboy, and others. Besides Ukraine, he has carried out shootings in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Liberia, Georgia, Russia and Latvia. Since 2011 he has focused on creating documentary films. His feature documentary debut All Things Ablaze has won an MDR Film Prize for the best Eastern European documentary at DOK Leipzig 2014.

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Ukrainian SSR, 1928, 42 min
The Eleventh Year
Director: Dziga Vertov (David (Denis) Kaufman)
A screening of the Soviet silent black-and-white movie The Eleventh Year,
accompanied with live music performance by composer Anton Baibakov and pianist Sofia Turta.
The Eleventh Year is a documentary based on Soviet newsreels shot during the 1920s, telling the story of the construction of socialism. It is the first film Dziga Vertov shot in Ukraine. The eleventh year of Soviet rule was a period of industrialization, and also saw the construction of DniproHES and other giants of Soviet industry. The director intentionally focused on this non-anniversary year to avoid holiday shows and official government celebrations. The camera focuses on only the most important thing, which is work – the tireless construction of a new socialist reality in Ukraine. On February 28th, 1928, Dziga Vertov said that The Eleventh Year was written directly by the movie camera, without the mediation of a script, and that the camera had replaced the writer's pen. This allowed Vertov to claim that he had invented a pure cinematic language (at the same time deeply socialist), in which the camera deals directly with the raw material of the facts.
Dziga Vertov
Was born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in the St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. He worked on the first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series. He was a Soviet pioneer documentary film and newsreel director, as well as a cinema theorist. His filming practices and theories influenced the cinéma vérité style of documentary movie-making and the Dziga Vertov Group which was founded by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin in the 1960s.
Anton Baibakov
Was born in 1983. He has been composing since 1998. In 2005 Anton graduated from the Ivan Karpenko-Kary National Theatre, Cinema and Television University in Kyiv. He has worked as a sound director on TV, radio and film post-production, and as a sound designer and composer for features, documentary films and commercials. As an independent musician he constantly works with well-known Ukrainian bands (DakhaBrakha, Katya Chilly). In 2011 he won two prizes for best soundtracks at Ibiza International Film Festival, Spain (I'm not telling by Igor Kopylov) and the Open Night Film Festival, Ukraine (Hoydalka by Serhiy Myronenko).
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